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What is Welsh Language Music Day?
Whether you’re into indie, rock, punk, funk, folk, electronica, hip hop or anything else, there’s incredible music being made in the Welsh language for you to discover- that’s the message from Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens as he urges people and places across Wales to get involved and find their favourite new sound on the third Welsh Language Music Day (Friday 9th February 2018).
The day celebrates all forms of Welsh Language music and it’s easy to tune in and discover something you’ll love. Music comes to life when it’s experienced live and free events aimed at gig goers, parents and children, young people, students and businesses are happening all across the country organised by promoters including Sŵn, BBC Horizons, Forté Project and Clwb Ifor Bach
If you want to listen from the safety of your smartphone- or you’re a business that would like to play more Welsh language music to its staff or customers- there’s six playlists curated by DJ Gareth Potter including Acoustic, Electronica, Campfire Sing Song, Chill Out, Workout and Legends to play on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer, available here.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, ambassador for the day, said:
“Whatever you're into, Dydd Miwsig Cymru is a day to help you discover music you'll love. You may already be listening to Welsh language music, or maybe you haven’t listened to it for years. There's incredible music of almost every genre, all being made in the Welsh language - there’s even some great playlists to share with your friends and family who may not be listening to Welsh language music. Try something and you might just find your favourite new sound.”
“You often hear the saying, “there’s something in the water” about the musical nation of Wales, small in population, but packing a pretty creative punch when it comes to music. Having a Welsh music day is just a way to turn a window on Wales for one day, to draw attention to the wonderful sounds of Wales, and gather together to celebrate the occasion. I’m pretty excited to see how this one day event will grow over the years – and what we can do to raise the profile of Welsh language pop music – home and abroad.”
Bethan Elfyn, Presenter BBC Radio Wales